The region in the extreme southwest of France has been settled for over 40,000 years. The rock carvings of Lasceaux bear witness to the early hunter-gatherers. Nature is remarkably diverse: the lovely Dordogne Valley, the snowy peaks of the Pyrenees and the largest fir forest in Europe are close together. Hikers have two huge nature parks at their disposal. The 270 km long Atlantic coastline is lined with magnificent sandy beaches and renowned seaside resorts: Arcachon, Hossegor, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The charm of the towns of Aquitaine enchants visitors: Scarlat, located in the heart of the Périgord, Bayonne with its typical Basque houses, the thermal spa of Dax and Pau with its medieval castle are worth a visit.
Urban capital of Medoc and Bordeaux
With its 18th century neoclassical architecture, the capital of Aquitaine is one of the most scenic cities in France. The city once known as “Sleeping Beauty” is now wide awake, thanks in part to the over 60,000 students who reside there and contribute to its vibrant atmosphere. Although important as a port city and centre of trade, Bordeaux is mainly known for its vineyards. Wine has been produced in the area since the Roman period. The city belonged to England for three centuries and was the French capital during World War I. The nearby wine-growing areas of Bordelais and Médoc, considered by many experts to be the most important vineyards in the world, are worth a visit.
Occitan culture and Armagnac
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Gentle low mountain range between the Atlantic and the Central Pyrenees
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